I wanted to find some interesting styles of poetry for 2022. Metered poetry has always been a challenge for me. I discovered I subconsciously avoided the challenge of dabbling in this particular writing pattern. This year I decided to spread my wings and fly into the face of the storm. I stumbled across the Aquarian by accident and thought it might be interesting to play with this metered style during the last part of January and the entire month of February. This one I will call San Francisco.
I am discovering this style of poetry is harder than it first appeared. You only have to develop fourteen syllables for each stanza, but sometimes you want to write more. Plus, I find the constant counting of the syllables distracting. I also have to fight the urge to create rhythms. These short poems have gotten darker, and I am not sure why. Maybe it’s caused by the dark winter or all the conflicting messages we get these days. One thing for sure, sadness captured my attention during this dark winter.
About the Aquarian and San Francisco
Maris Mazz created this metered style of poetry.
Each stanza has lines of 2/4/6/2 syllables. They can have any number of stanzas creating multiples of 4 lines. They aren’t supposed to rhythm at all.
San Francisco Rooster A Hippie child Native Californian Traveled All the Way from his home In San Berdoo to the Corner of Haight and Ashbury where A girl from across The street Said they Missed it by a Mile, but they refused to Go home Because First the four had Jumped a train heading north And they Ended up On an Indian Reservation and a Young guy Took them In and he fed Them in exchange for word From the Outside World beyond the Reservation borders The four Gave up The train riding Plan and thumbed all The way To Haight And Ashbury corner They might have arrived late To make The scene But they had a Pound of pot and four Restless Thumbs left Between them to Get back home Safe and sound Eventually
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